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Title: Qualifications of Public Secondary School Biology Teachers, 1999-2000
Description: This Issue Brief describes the qualifications of public middle school and high school biology teachers in terms of the subject matter of their certifications and postsecondary majors and minors. Data are drawn from the 19992000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). At the middle and high school level, 52 percent of biology students had a teacher with both certification in biology and a postsecondary major or minor in biology; 16 percent of biology students had a teacher with neither a certification nor a postsecondary major or minor in biology. Of those with a teacher lacking a certification or major or minor in biology, 40 percent of students had a teacher with a major or minor in another natural science. However, in schools with more than 50 percent of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, 10 percent of biology students who had a teacher lacking certification or major or minor in biology had a teacher with a major or minor in another natural science. In those schools, 53 percent of biology students of teachers lacking a certification or major or minor in biology had a teacher with a major or minor in elementary education.
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Cover Date: June 2005
Web Release: June 30, 2005
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Publication #: NCES 2005081
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Center/Program: NCES
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Type of Product: Issue Brief
Survey/Program Areas: Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS)
Keywords:
Teachers
Questions: For questions about the content of this Issue Brief, please contact:
Rebecca Bielamowicz.